Whether you are going through a divorce or were never married and are now struggling to agree on custody and visitation with the other parent of your child, custody and visitation issues can be emotional and difficult.
There are two basic types of child custody that may be determined by the court.
- Legal Custody: This is the legal right of either one or both parents to make important life decisions for the child including medical treatments, education, and religion. In the event that both parents both have joint legal custody, they will equally have the right to make decisions, and they are required to consult one another prior to acting.
- Physical Custody: This deals with the physical placement of the child. One parent may have sole physical custody and the other parent has visitation rights. In some cases both parents will share joint physical custody and the child will spend time in both homes on a schedule agreed upon by the parties or ordered by the court.